Westside voters nearly beat 300, not as down on 2C

       If the Westside were its own community, the results in the Nov. 3 city election on ballot questions 2C and 300 would have been no different.

Graphs of Westside voting on 2C and 300 (tabulation and graphics by the Westside Pioneer). * - The eastern third of Precinct 31 is east of I-25, but all its votes are termed "Westside" for purposes of this tally. Also split is Precinct 293. However, because its Westside area consists mainly of the scarcely populated Garden of the Gods area while its greatest concentration is in the northerly Mountain Shadows neighborhood, 293 has been omitted from these totals. BELOW: A county-provided precinct map, with boundaries markered for the defined Westside area.

       They just would have been closer - a lot closer in the case of 300, which succeeded by a total of just 11 votes (4,357 to 4,346) in the 26 precincts that the Westside Pioneer defines as “Westside” (south of Garden of the Gods Road, west of I-25, north of the Cheyenne/ Broadmoor area and east of Manitou Springs). Eleven of the 26 precincts defeated the citizen initiative to stop the Stormwater Enterprise and phase out payments from all enterprises to the city's general fund, and another had a tie vote.
       In fact, if the two Skyway neighborhood precincts just to the south (232 and 97) are added in, a majority of Westside voters could be said to have opposed the measure.
       Citywide, 300 passed by a margin of 54.45 percent.
       On 2C, the Westside actually diverged by an even greater percentage from the strong citywide sentiment against a City Council-proposed property tax hike that would have more than tripled the city mill levy over five years. Although the measure won in just 2 of the 26 precincts, 42.3 percent of Westside voters were in favor, compared to just 36.72 percent citywide.
       City Councilmember Randy Purvis, a long-time Westside resident who has served 18 years on council over the past 22 years, said the vote was in keeping with elections even before he was first elected. “The Westside is, generally speaking, more liberal or progressive than elsewhere in that it's more friendly to government,” he said. “It's just sort of a fact of life.”
       In this election, Westsiders also exercised their civic duty more fully than the rest of the city. More than 56 percent cast ballots on 2C and 55 percent on 300. Meanwhile, in the city as a whole, the percentages were 53.20 and 52.22, respectively.
       It is not known why so many people (nearly 2,000) did not vote on Question 300 - unless they were confused by its meaning. Even this week, City Council and 300 author Doug Bruce were sparring over its intent, with Bruce insisting that it was meant to terminate the Stormwater Enterprise immediately (even though the question's text does not mention it by name).
       Looking closer at the precinct data, there were two Westside precincts - 53 and 258 - that defied the citywide vote on both ballot questions. One of these was Precinct 53, located in the upper Pleasant Valley area near Rock Ledge Ranch (which was earmarked for closure if 2C failed). Its voters backed 2C by a 53 percent margin and spurned 300 by 57.58 percent. The other was Precinct 258, which sits in an area bounded by Uintah, Mesa and 19th streets. Voters there just did support 2C (by 115 votes to 113), but clearly objected to 300 (by 144-78).
       Another that was close in that regard was Precinct 48 (bordered by Highway 24 and 13th, Bijou, 19th and 21st streets), which came up four votes short on 2C and walloped 300 by over 58 percent.
       On the opposite side of the spectrum, half of the 26 Westside precincts were in step with the city as a whole by opposing 2C and supporting 300. These were 31, 37, 41, 42, 43, 49, 54, 103, 146, 196, 197, 306 and 352.
       The most adamant of this group was Precinct 43 (the Mesa Springs area bordered by I-25, Cooper Avenue and Uintah, Chestnut and Fillmore streets). Voters there hammered 2C by over 73 percent while backing 300 by over 60 percent.
       Similarly overwhelming were the two Holland Park precincts (196, bordered by Centennial Boulevard, Garden of the Gods Road, Chestnut Street, Holland Park Boulevard, Edwinstowe Avenue, Darby Street, Ellston Street and Vondelpark Drive) and 146 (eastern Holland Park, bordered on the east by I-25). Tallies in both locales were close to 70 percent against 2C and 60 percent for 300.

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